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Sprache als Schlüssel zur Welt: Auslandspraxis für Berufe mit Fremdsprachen
Start date: Feb 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With globalisation making high demands on the international labour market, qualifications and job requirements have changed significantly. Young people do not only need to have expert knowledge but also interdisciplinary skills, as well as proficiency in foreign languages and intercultural skills to be qualified for an international labour market. Many young Germans with a migrant background seek a career as a translator and/or interpreter and would like to use their native language professionally. As there is no equivalent state certified programme in Lower Saxony, students who do not want to go to university or do not have a university entrance qualification look for suitable alternatives. Euro Akademie Hanover offers a two-year programme as a Certified Business Assistant, including three languages (English, French, Spanish), Chinese as an optional language and an additional pathway (international business communication, translating & interpreting). A one-year degree under the framework of a professional college offers an additional qualification for those students who do want to complete their studies with a bachelor top-up degree at an international partner university immediately. Euro Akademie Hannover prepares their students for a role in the global labour market and provides them with the necessary skills and competences to work in an international, multilingual and multicultural environment. This project therefore follows essential objectives of the strategy Europe 2020 and aims at reducing unemployment or using an educational concept of multimedia learning as a framework for the development of graduate attributes and employability skills.Euro Akademie Hannover is a member of ESO Education Group and thus benefits from a network of about 100 institutes, including colleges of further and vocational education, nursery schools and universities of applied sciences and many international partners. It is a long established and officially accredited institution with more than thirty years of expertise and has been awarded for its successful international work. The combination of vocational and higher education degrees enables students to proceed to bachelor top-up programmes in international business communication.Within the project, a two-year vocational training is the basis for individual development and different options to obtain further qualifications or find employment. Work placements during the vocational qualification programme help students to develop employability skills, search for professional opportunities, but also support the development of academic key competences and qualify for a bachelor top-up degree. 25 vocational education students between 16 and 25 years and 5 teachers benefit from the project through mobility and learning opportunities. Students in programmes that require a university entry qualification aim at a two- or three-semester top-up degree whereas those who left school with o-levels usually look for alternative opportunities and educational concepts that not only qualify for university but also facilitate the entry into the labour market. After a two year foundation degree these students have three options: employment, a higher diploma followed by an international bachelor’s top-up degree or higher education at a German university. The German system requires between 11 and 12 semesters including the vocational education period whereas the international track in cooperation with foreign university partners takes 8 to 9 semesters in total.Many students at Euro Akademie Hannover have a strong and intact multicultural background. They are very interested in foreign languages and would like to use the special interpersonal skills their personal backgrounds give them professionally. This group of young Germans sees a multicultural heritage as an opportunity and has realised that this is an informal qualification many employers and industries look for. They start their careers abroad and usually find good employment in Germany after a period of professional development and orientation. The project therefore…:• offers an alternative to academic programmes in interpreting and translating, • enhances immediate employment opportunities,• creates flexible learning pathways between vocational and higher education,• develops international core curricula.

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